The Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation will be collecting new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at Oriole Park throughout the 2021 season to support the Cardboard to Leather program. This equipment will be distributed to communities in the greatest need. Since the program's inception, more than 80 tons of equipment have been donated.
Orioles RBI & Junior RBI Programs
Orioles Jr. RBI Program, sponsored by Pepsi Stronger Together
The Orioles have partnered with Pepsi Stronger Together – PepsiCo’s series of grassroots initiatives bringing tailored programming support to communities across the country – to empower the next generation of baseball and softball players in Baltimore City. Through a series of strategic programs, the Orioles and Pepsi Stronger Together will give Baltimore City youth the opportunity to play on improved fields, receive access to proper new and gently used equipment, and learn valuable life skills including teamwork, self-esteem, self-discipline, and leadership through the game of baseball and softball.
Field Revitalization Project
The Orioles Field Revitalization Project is designed to improve the field conditions of baseball and softball fields in Baltimore City, making them safe, playable, and inviting places for youth to enjoy the game. In coordination with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Orioles Director of Field Operations Nicole Sherry, and other parties, the Orioles identified the 60-foot youth field at Roosevelt Park as the site for the 2021 project.
The field renovation was completed on Saturday, October 30 with the help of Orioles representatives, Orioles Orange & Black Gives Back Employee Volunteers, Pepsi staff, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Oriole Advocates, and other community partners. The volunteers put the finishing touches on the field by assisting with laying sod, painting fencing, repairing benches, raking and lining the field, among other improvements.
Cardboard to Leather Equipment Collections
Jr. RBI Equipment Drive-Thru Events
The Baltimore Orioles Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program is a Baltimore City youth baseball and softball league designed to promote interest in the game, increase the self-esteem of children, and encourage them to stay in school and stay off the streets. To elevate this mission, through the Pepsi Stronger Together partnership, the Orioles will introduce the Baltimore Orioles Jr. RBI program to Baltimore City youth ages 4-12 years old.
To kick off the program, on May 8, in partnership with Pepsi Stronger Together, the Orioles hosted a Jr. RBI Equipment Drive-Thru in Southwest Baltimore. Over 100 Baltimore City youth received new and gently used baseball and softball equipment, along with a donation of Pepsi products.
Orioles RBI Program
As part of the Major League Baseball youth initiative, the Baltimore Orioles Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program has been inspiring unserved Baltimore City youth to play baseball and softball since 1989. Each season, the league consists of more than 600 Baltimore City youth.